Students

Emilie St-Hilaire

Luce Student Researcher 2017-2018

Emilie St-Hilaire

Luce Student Researcher 2017-2018

Emilie St.Hilaire is an interdisciplinary artist currently pursuing doctoral studies in the Humanities at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. She has participated in several research-creation projects at Canadian universities and presented conference papers on artistic methodologies. Emilie is an active member of the International Community of Artist Scholars and has exhibited her work at galleries and festivals nationally and internationally, and has received grants and awards from organizations including the Canada Council for the Arts, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the Edmonton Arts Council. In 2015 Emilie was one of two artists from North America selected to attend the WARP Contemporary Art Platform International Artist Village at the Brugge Triennale (Bruges, Belgium). In 2016 an exhibition of her work entitled RE:VISION toured Western Canada with stops in Winnipeg, Saskatoon, and Edmonton.

Eliza Bateman

PhD Candidate,
Law
Malloch Fellow 2017-18

Eliza Bateman

PhD Candidate,
Law
Malloch Fellow 2017-18

Eliza is an Australian living in Canada. As such, she owns (and wears) more warm clothes than three Canadians put together.

Eliza is a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Law. Her research focuses on the legal relationships that operate between LGBTQ members of conservative religious communities and those communities: in terms of how they navigate and negotiate space for their competing religious and sexual/gender identities. More broadly, Eliza researches in the areas of legal theory, feminist theory and international human rights law.

Eliza is the 2017 Archie Malloch Fellow in Graduate Studies. Eliza first came to McGill in 2013 for her Master of Laws degree. She then started work with IPLAI in 2014, working as a student ambassador on the Future Humanities project and then as student liaison officer on the TRaCE project.

Before returning to grad school, Eliza worked as a senior lawyer for Victoria Legal Aid and the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission. Her work in these roles focused on discrimination law, international and state human rights law, administrative law and employment law. Eliza is very fond of Montreal, excellent coffee, creative writing and the theatre.

Tanya Southcott

PhD Candidate,
Architecture
Malloch Fellow 2017-18

Tanya Southcott

PhD Candidate,
Architecture
Malloch Fellow 2017-18

Tanya Southcott is a PhD candidate in the School of Architecture under the supervision of Prof. Annmarie Adams. She holds a post-professional Master of Architecture from McGill, a certificate in Heritage Conservation Planning from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies and Master of Architecture from the University of Waterloo. She is a retired architect with the Architectural Institute of British Columbia.

Tanya’s PhD investigates women’s contributions to the heritage conservation movement through architectural photography, using Montreal as a case study between 1966 and 1975. Through this research, she explores photography as a vehicle for social change by considering how both the women’s movement and the heritage movement in Montreal contributed to the transforming image of women and their place in society.

Meltem Al

PhD Candidate,
Architecture
Fred and Betty Price 2017-18

Meltem Al

PhD Candidate,
Architecture
Fred and Betty Price 2017-18

Meltem Al is a Ph.D. student in the School of Architecture at McGill University since 2015 under the supervision of Prof. Ipek Tureli. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Architecture from University of California, Los Angeles supported by the Fulbright Scholarship 2013-2015. Al received her M.Arch. degree in 2013 and B.Arch. degree in 2010 from Middle East Technical University in Turkey. Between 2011 and 2013, she worked at the same university as a research assistant. She is interested in the issues of ethics, social agency, activism, and praxis in architecture and the responsibility of architecture/architect in the reproduction of the built world. Her Ph.D. research explores the production of space in Middle Eastern cities that have been subject to new modes of urbanization with the rise of neoliberalism and its marriage with political Islam since the late 20th century. She investigates how architecture is instrumentalized as an agent of “transformation” in the neoliberal era—despite architecture’s being extraneous to this transformation scenario.

Nancy Ferranti

BA & Sc. (Major in Honours Cognitive Science. Minor in Anthropology) 

Archie Malloch Undergraduate Intern
2017-18

Nancy Ferranti

BA & Sc. (Major in Honours Cognitive Science. Minor in Anthropology) 

Archie Malloch Undergraduate Intern
2017-18

Nancy grew up 20 minutes outside the heart of NYC… her way of admitting she’s from the burbs of New Jersey. Besides endless references to Jersey Shore, Nancy loves what her home state exposed her to. She found her passion for audio production through her Jersey funk-rap band “The Motherfunkers.” While at McGill, Nancy realized the power of audio as a medium and the ways audio can be used and distorted to provide an alternative form of communication and expression.

 

Nancy will be interning with CKUT-FM and plans to produce creative and informative content that reflects and incorporates a range of lived, personal experience. Her aim is to involve individuals of varying backgrounds and ages and help provide a platform for individuals unheard or misrepresented in main-stream media. After University, Nancy hopes to tackle the boundaries between the creative arts, media and science, and help develop innovative approaches in knowledge translation which extends between, and within, the academic and public spheres. 

Mars Zaslavsky

BA (Major in Honours Gender, Sexuality, Feminist and Social Justice Studies, Minor in anthropology)

Archie Malloch Undergraduate Intern
2017-18

Mars Zaslavsky

BA (Major in Honours Gender, Sexuality, Feminist and Social Justice Studies, Minor in anthropology)

Archie Malloch Undergraduate Intern
2017-18

Originally from Providence, Rhode Island, Mars is slowly making her way towards a B.A in Honours Gender, Sexuality, Feminist and Social Justice Studies, with a minor in anthropology. She intends to write her thesis on the ways in which literature, specifically contemporary graphic novels, articulate Russian/Soviet intergenerational memory and its intersections with feminist politics.She has previously worked with the Regent Park Film Festival in Toronto and the Social Justice Connection in Montreal, and has volunteered with the McGill Sexual Assault Centre as well as CANVAS programs, a Toronto-based organization providing workshops on gender and sexuality. She will be working at the Suoni Per Il Popolo festival this summer, and hopes her time at the festival will not only deepen her experience in community arts organizing, but also motivate her to pursue creative interests.

Jacqueline Hampshire

BA (Major in Art History, Minor in Geography and Urban

IPLAI and Faculty of Arts Undergrad Intern 2017-18

Jacqueline Hampshire

BA (Major in Art History, Minor in Geography and Urban

IPLAI and Faculty of Arts Undergrad Intern 2017-18

Originally from Toronto, Jacqueline Hampshire will be completing her undergraduate degree in Art History and Geography next fall.  Her areas of interest include site-specific art and performance as well as urban geography, architecture and cartography.  Through her internship with Le Salon 1861, Jacqueline looks forward to exploring how an active engagement with place, art and culture plays a role in forming communities and bringing people together in unconventional ways.

Since becoming a McGill student, Jacqueline has represented Canada at international competitions as a member of the National Synchronized Skating Team, Les Suprêmes and studied abroad in Copenhagen.  On campus Jacqueline is involved in the Fridge Door Gallery, The Market Cooperative and volunteers for the International Buddy Program.  

Vineet Rathee

PhD Candidate,
Anthropology
Malloch Fellow 2017-18

Vineet Rathee

PhD Candidate,
Anthropology
Malloch Fellow 2017-18

Vineet Rathee is an anthropologist whose doctoral work examines the changing contours of rural life in Haryana, India whose inhabitants are profoundly dependent on agriculture, its produce and the labor opportunities it provides. Based on over eighteen months of fieldwork in north India, he investigates the volatile nature of relations of caste and gender by analyzing them against the backdrop of radical socio-political, economic and legal transformations in the postcolonial Indian countryside. At IPLAI, Vineet’s work will focus on how caste panchayats (councils), especially those of the Jats, were critical in the formation of caste publics that participated in a series of Jat agitations organized in 2016 and 2017 for “reservations” (quota-based affirmative action), which often turned violent. Workings of these panchayats show how publics are produced not as gatherings of private citizens debating “public good,” but as assemblies of men bound by ties of caste identification making claims on the state. Further, his research reveals way in which caste panchayats have successfully adapted to the ways of postcolonial democratic politics. Before joining McGill University, Vineet finished an M.Phil and M.A. in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics and a B.A.(Hons) Sociology from Hindu College, University of Delhi. Hitherto, his doctoral research has received funding from the Wenner-Gren Foundation.

Erika Kindsfather

BA (Honours Major in Art History, Minor in German)

IPLAI and Faculty of Arts Undergrad Intern 2017-18

Erika Kindsfather

BA (Honours Major in Art History, Minor in German)

IPLAI and Faculty of Arts Undergrad Intern 2017-18

Originally from Philadelphia, Erika Kindsfather is pursuing an Honors major in Art History and a minor in German at McGill University. Her honors thesis focuses on embodiment and emotion in the inter-media art practices of Wangechi Mutu. Her academic work has been published in Canvas, the undergraduate journal of Art History and Communication Studies, Vielfält, the undergraduate journal of German Studies, and Fragments, the undergraduate journal of Philosophy.

Erika’s research interests include approaching the study of fibre arts from a queer feminist theoretical perspective, examining institutional roles in formulating dialogues about craft media, and attending to marginalized narratives in the study of craft histories. She is also interested in the status of women in religious texts and its visual translation, the intersections of architectural spaces and structures of power, and the relationship between word and image in medieval manuscripts and contemporary graphic novels. As an artist herself, Erika works mainly in embroidery and stained glass media.

 

 

Peggy Hogan

MA (Musicology, Gender and Feminist Studies)
Hip Hop Archive Project

Peggy Hogan

MA (Musicology, Gender and Feminist Studies)
Hip Hop Archive Project

Peggy Hogan is a master’s student in musicology and gender and feminist studies at McGill University. Her research focuses on cultural exchange in popular music, and specifically, her thesis project looks at Asian-Afro transnationalism in the work of women in hip hop. She is a rapper herself, under the moniker Hua Li, and works as a music educator and as A&R manager for Art Not Love Records.

Sijia Li

BA (Honours English, Cultural Studies)
Malloch Undergrad Intern 2016-17

Sijia Li

BA (Honours English, Cultural Studies)
Malloch Undergrad Intern 2016-17

Sijia was born in Beijing and grew up in Montreal. In her second year majoring in English (Cultural Studies), she is engaged in many activities in the McGill Department of English, including being a stage manger this year for the Directors Projects. Her area of interest includes writing, performance, and storytelling in the digital age.

Viola Chen

BA (East Asian Studies, Indigenous Studies, Cultural Studies)
Malloch Undergrad Intern 2016-17

Viola Chen

BA (East Asian Studies, Indigenous Studies, Cultural Studies)
Malloch Undergrad Intern 2016-17

Viola Chen (陈宜晴) is a student and an artist currently finishing her undergraduate degree in East Asian Studies, Cultural Studies, and Indigenous Studies at McGill. Her research is invested in studying diasporic subjectivities in relation to queer experience and Indigenous sovereignty. She will be working at Eastern Bloc through the Archie Malloch Internship Award, developing programs to bridge the work of marginalized communities to mainstream developments of contemporary technology. A selection of her work can be found at violachen.link.

Daniel Steele

PhD Candidate,
Information Studies 
Malloch Fellow 2016-17

Daniel Steele

PhD Candidate,
Information Studies 
Malloch Fellow 2016-17

Daniel Steele is a PhD candidate at the School of Information Studies with Dr. Guastavino. Mr. Steele’s experience draws together hearing, psychology, and urban design and planning, which has contributed to an extensive array of projects in a field known as soundscape. He serves as the research lead on the Musikiosk project, a soundscape intervention that took place in the Parc du Portugal in the summer of 2015. His doctoral work focuses on understanding the conceptualizations of urban sound by urban planners and designers. His research findings will contribute towards creating and directing resources that are meaningful to planners and designers on sound(scape) and that are also sensitive to the contexts of their workplace and experience. At IPLAI he looks forward to developing resources for the general public so that citizens can feel empowered to improve their soundscapes.

Daniel was trained in psychoacoustics and audio technology at Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he studied both mathematics and music. He also holds a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design from McGill and a member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT). His research has taken him on extended soundscape research exchanges in the Netherlands, where he engaged with the active European soundscape community. Before returning to academia, he worked as a research programmer at the Starkey Hearing Research Center in Berkeley, California, specializing in hearing loss and music. At Starkey, he became interested in environmental auditory perception in addition to the technological aspects, leading him to soundscapes.

Outside of the laboratory, Mr. Steele is an avid music performer, swimmer, runner, cook, and learner of languages.

Elyse Amend

PhD Candidate,
Communication Studies
Malloch Fellow 2016-17

Elyse Amend

PhD Candidate,
Communication Studies
Malloch Fellow 2016-17

Elyse Amend is a Ph.D. candidate in Communication Studies at McGill University, and is supervised

by Associate Professor Darin Barney. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism Studies (2011) and a

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (2006) from Concordia University.

Her doctoral research focuses on how knowledge, expertise and power operate through nutrition

guidance in Canada. It investigates this by interrogating the institutional history of the state-mandated

Canada’s Food Guide, with specific focus on the expert sources, scientific evidence base, stakeholders,

and decisions involved in the modern-day versions of the guide. This project also explores how the

food guide operates pedagogically in elementary and high school classrooms. Elyse’s research

investigates how scientific, quantitative, and expert-driven discourses about food and eating have

become dominant in debates about nutrition. Her project seeks to contribute ideas about how nutrition

guidance can be rethought outside of mainstream discourses of food and health, and to explore possible

sites of resistance that address the complexities of nutrition and our relationships to food, in order to

improve current policies and approaches to nutrition communication.

Ayca Koseoglu

PhD Student, Faculty of Engineering, School of Architecture
Fred and Betty Price 2016-17

Ayca Koseoglu

PhD Student, Faculty of Engineering, School of Architecture
Fred and Betty Price 2016-17

Ayca Koseoglu is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Architecture at McGill University. She holds an M.A. degree in the History of Architecture and a B.Arch. degree in Architecture both from Middle East Technical University, Ankara. Her dissertation, entitled “Urban Design and Civil Protest: Transformation of Beyazit and Taksim Squares in Istanbul,” explores how these squares were physically transformed in response to civil protests and in relation to each other’s historic and urban role.

She is particularly interested in the agency of architectural/urban space in manifesting socio-political claims.

Jonathan Rouleau

PhD Candidate, Communication Studies
Laboratory of Urban Culture (LUC) Research Fellow 2016-17

Jonathan Rouleau

PhD Candidate, Communication Studies
Laboratory of Urban Culture (LUC) Research Fellow 2016-17

Jonathan is a PhD candidate in communication studies in the Department of Art History & Communication Studies at McGill University. He is completing a dissertation entitled, “The Cultural Roles of Universities in Montreal: Reframing the University-City Approach”. His work examines the ways in which the 4 universities in Montreal and the student population structure, shape and represent the cultural scenes in the city. His research interests include urban culture, popular music and tourism, nighttime cultural economies and cultural policies.

As LUC Fellow, Jonathan will be developing relationships with community partners and other stakeholders through the Salon for collaboration on projects, acting and ambassador for IPLAI, and conducting research on community engagement, demography, and best practices for community-facing work.

Vanessa Blais-Tremblay

PhD Candidate, Schulich School of Music
Jazzing Little Burgundy Fellow 2016-17

Vanessa Blais-Tremblay

PhD Candidate, Schulich School of Music
Jazzing Little Burgundy Fellow 2016-17

Vanessa Blais-Tremblay is a professional violinist and a PhD candidate in Musicology and Women’s Studies at McGill University. Her research focuses on issues of identity in Canadian music of the past century. Specifically, her dissertation project maps the interaction between jazz, gender and identity during the golden age of jazz in Montreal (1925-1955). More jazz was made in Montreal during the first half of the twentieth century than anywhere else in Canada, yet the role that it played in Quebec’s social and cultural history has received little scholarly attention. A primary goal of her dissertation is to demonstrate the centrality of women in Montreal’s jazz scene. She also attends to the role that discourses around jazz played in articulations of Quebec nationalism and modernity as they interacted with women’s racialized and ethnicized bodies. Vanessa presented some of her work at the meetings of the American Musicological Society (2013), the Society for American Music (2015), the Conférence Internationale des Recherches Féministes dans la Francophonie (2015), and at the 2015 Feminist Theory and Music conference. She was invited to contribute a chapter in the edited collection Eroticism in Early Modern Music (eds. Laurie Stras and Bonnie Blackburn, Ashgate: 2015) and in 2014 she was awarded the prestigious SOCAN Award for Writings in Canadian Music for her work on musical collaborations between Inuit throat singers and avant-garde string ensembles. Vanessa was the recipient of a 2012 Doctoral Joseph-Armand Bombardier Fellowship from SSHRC.

Nicholas Barber

PhD Candidate,
Anthropology
Malloch Fellow 2015-16

Nicholas Barber

PhD Candidate,
Anthropology
Malloch Fellow 2015-16

Nicholas Barber conducts collaborative research with a participatory video project in Baka indigenous communities in southeast Cameroon. His research examines how enterprising Baka are engaging in strategic self-representation in order to achieve specific socio-political objectives, including establishing claims to land and other resources, increasing political visibility domestically and abroad, and influencing social and economic development projects. Employing a multi-sited methodology that travels between local and “global” sites of media production and circulation, the project examines both the impact of mediamaking on local Baka identities and lifeworlds, and seeks to provide an account of the global indigenous “mediascape” through the lens of Baka mediamaking.

Nicholas Barber
Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology

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Sunita Nigam

PhD Candidate,
English
Malloch Fellow 2015-16

Sunita Nigam

PhD Candidate,
English
Malloch Fellow 2015-16

I write about urban performance and nightlife cultures in North America. Focusing on New York City, Montreal, and Mexico City, my dissertation, titled “The Exhibitionists: Performing the City from Mexico ’68 to the Burlesque Revival” traces a history of changing relationships between performance, the urban, the national, and the global from the Mexico ’68 Olympics, through disco culture in New York in the 1970s and 1980s, to the burlesque revival in Montreal from the 1990s to the present. I show how each of these performance cultures articulates different relationships to its city and to the idea of city-ness itself as it participates in a global and circulatory economy of place.

https://mcgill.academia.edu/SunitaNigam

Yildiz Ipek Mehmetoglu

PhD Student, Faculty of Engineering, School of Architecture
Fred and Betty Price 2015-16

Yildiz Ipek Mehmetoglu

PhD Student, Faculty of Engineering, School of Architecture
Fred and Betty Price 2015-16

Yildiz Ipek Mehmetoglu is a PhD student at McGill University School of Architecture, under the supervision of Professor Annmarie Adams, since September 2014. She received her Master of Arts degree in History of Architecture program in 2014, and her B.Arch degree in Architecture in 2012, both from Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey. In 2010-2011 she spent one year in École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville as an exchange student. Between 2012 and 2014, she worked as teaching and research assistant at METU Department of Architecture. Her research investigates the relationship between early twentieth century art, architecture and everyday life and space through the lenses of gender studies. She is particularly interested in the issues of travel, domesticity and nature in the formation of identity and relations held towards the public and outdoors life and space by early twentieth century North American and European women artists and writers.

Erin Sobat

BA (History) 2016
Malloch Undergrad Intern 2015-16

Erin Sobat

BA (History) 2016
Malloch Undergrad Intern 2015-16

Erin Sobat
BA (History) 2016
Malloch Undergrad Intern 2015–16
Through the Archie Malloch Internship Award, I am working as a Curatorial Assistant in the Asian Art collection at the Musée des beaux-arts de Montreal. My project is focused on investigating the history of Japanese art collecting in Montreal and evaluating the contemporary gallery collection in light of its largely Anglo-Protestant, orientalist origins. In particular, I am focusing on the translation (and dislocation) of artistic connoisseurship from East to West, turn-of-the-century collecting aesthetics in North America, and the role of the early development and institutionalization of the Japanese collection in shaping our understanding of “Japan” today. Through this work, I will also have the opportunity to explore the museum’s ties with McGill University and various publics throughout Montreal’s history, and to formulate new suggestions for the display and programming of the collection.
Email: erin.sobat@mail.mcgill.ca
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/erinsobat

Sajdeep Soomal

BA (History) 2016
Malloch Undergrad Intern 2015-16

Sajdeep Soomal

BA (History) 2016
Malloch Undergrad Intern 2015-16

Saj is a graphic design activist who works to bring academic scholarship to public spheres. He writes about the history of medicine and the south asian diaspora. He is excited to work on educational programming and community outreach at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Follow @sajdeep.

Sophie Reuss

BA (African Studies, Philosophy, and Cell Biology) 2015
IPLAI Fellow in Public Practice

Sophie Reuss

BA (African Studies, Philosophy, and Cell Biology) 2015
IPLAI Fellow in Public Practice

Sophia Reuss is interested in the relationship between the humanities and natural sciences. Particularly in how phenomenological inquiry can, and should, inform policy and practices in health care systems and medical sciences. She is currently writing about ‘allied research’, which involves exploring the intersections between moral philosophy, social justice activism, and biomedical research. Sophia is also currently the Editor/Coordinator for the Alternatives International Journal.

The Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas offers a range of internship and fellowship opportunities for McGill undergraduate and graduate students. Apply for awards here.

Past Award Winners

Archie Malloch Undergraduate Interns in Public Learning

Leïla Rached-d’Astous (Summer 2014), BSc, Architecture, 2015
Sadie Menicanin (Summer 2014), BMus, Music History, 2015
Anna Foran (Summer 2013), BA, Art History, 2014
Christy Frost (Summer 2013), BA,English, 2014
Sheehan Moore (Summer 2012), BA Hons, Anthropology, 2013
Jasmine Wilson (Summer 2012), BMus, Performance Voice, 2013
Bora Plumptre (Summer 2011), BA hons, History and Philosophy, 2012
Rachel Thorne (Summer 2011), BA 2011
Thea Fitz-James (Summer 2010), BA Hons, English, 2011

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Archie Malloch Graduate Fellows in Public Learning

Caroline Bem (2014-15 Fellow), PhD candidate, Communication Studies.
Nina Penner (2014-15 Fellow), PhD candidate in Musicology, Schulich School of Music
Meghan Goodchild (2013-14 Fellow), PhD candidate, Schulich School of Music
Vincent Post (2013-14 Fellow), PhD candidate, Department of Political Science
Danijela Zutic (2012-13 Fellow, Department of Art History and Communication Studies
Tomasz Grusiecki (2011-12 Fellow), PhD candidate, Department of Art History and Communciation Studies
Hans Bernhard (2010-11 Fellow), MMus candidate, Schulich School of Music

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Fred and Betty Price Research Award Recipients

Tanya Southcott (2014), PhD candidate, Faculty of Engineering, School of Architecture
Julia Morgan Charles (2013), PhD candidate, Department of Art History and Communication Studies
Cheryl Thompson (2012), PhD candidate, Department of Art History and Communication Studies
Katherine Scott (2012), PhD candidate, Department of Anthropology
Marie-Pierre Gadoua (2010), PhD candidate, Department of Anthropology

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Max Stern McCord Museum Fellows*

Reilley Bishop-Stall (2014-15 Fellow), PhD candidate, Department of Art History and Communication Studies.
Michael “Max” Hamon (2013-14 Fellow), PhD candidate, Department of History
Rafico Ruiz (2012-13 Fellow), PhD candidate,Department of Art History & Communication Studies.
Cheryl Thompson (2012 -13 Fellow), PhD candidate, Department of Art History & Communication Studies, Faculty of Arts

*please note that IPLAI no longer houses the Max Stern McCord Museum Award. For more information contact the Faculty of Arts.